Elemental Wizards Tour

Greyson Fletcher and Chris Gregson have been filming with each other for years. After their trip last year filming for Greyson’s Thrasher part, it only made sense to get the crew back together and make an official collab board between the Element and Blood Wizard teams. In the van we had Greyson, Chris, Jerry Gurney, Jack Given, Tom Schaar, Shea Cooper, Fletcher Renegar and Jacopo Carozzi. Anakin Senn met up with us in Boise and Matt Ward captained the ship, making sure that metal was blasting from the speakers at all times. By the time we made it to the Utah border we must have burned through the entire King Diamond discography. Twice. —Ben Karpinski

First stop of the trip was Salt Lake City. We made it to the sk801 house and as soon as Jack and Jerry saw the band room we lost them for the remainder of the night, only for them to emerge in the morning with two new songs ready to be played in the van


1 Jack Guitar web 750px

2 Jerry Drums 750px
3 Tom pocket 750pxThe next day we warmed up at the South Jordan park before trying our luck in the streets. Tom Schaar, FSA from the hip into the pocket

4 Shea FsBoard SLC web 750pxShea Cooper, front board around the bend

5 Jacopo SlappyCrook 750pxWe wound up at a sketchy bank to ledge with an over head-high drop. Jacopo, slappy crooks

6 Jerry NosepickGrind SLC web 750pxJerry yanked in a nose grind and took the drop, resulting in the first hot pocket of the trip. Like clockwork, as soon as his heel began to swell we got word of an empty pool across town

7 Jack 5 0 SLC web 750pxWe barged the fence of the apartment complex, hoping to get five minutes and lucked out with 20. Jack Given, catching some coping

8 Greyson BsD SLC Web 750pxGreyson, back D

9 ChrisGregson Ollie SLC web 750pxGregson easily cleared one of the loveseats…

10 Gregson FsBlunt SLC web 750px…and then reeled in the front blunt before we got the boot

11 GiveMeFreeBeers 750pxDon’t feel too bad for Jerry. He got a message from a skater at a local brewery saying he had over 100 beers for the crew and wanted to drop them off.  One of the countless perks to having the instagram handle @givemefreebeers

We tried to hit as many parks as we could between Salt Lake City and Boise. With Grindline and Dreamland building most of the parks in the state, we had plenty of options. It’s crazy driving into some of these really small towns and seeing some of the biggest and best skateparks on the planet. I wonder how many of the 8,000 residents have scratched the coping at Hailey? With some of the walls topping 15 feet, it seems as if they are out for blood.  At least that was the case for Tom Schaar. After blasting a few airs, Chris asked him if he wanted to film one in a follow line around the park. Tom obliged and after landing his air tried to noseblunt a steep bank in the big bowl, hanging up at the top and flying all the way to flat. It was one of the most brutal slams I had ever seen and I thought we were surely heading straight to the hospital. But Tom bounced back, taking it like a champ and making it out of the bowl with only a gash on his chin. He even let Shea and Chris super glue his chin back together rather than going to the ER. The Blood Wizards were starting to rub off on him

13 Tom Grasser Low to high Haley web 750px 2xTom Schaar, low to really high

14 Tom Chris 750px“Down to get one in a line?”

15 Tom BrokeOff web 750pxAnatomy of “Are You Alright?”

16 Tom Glue Shea 750pxNothing a little super glue won’t fix

17 Tom Glue Chris 750pxGood as new

18 Jack NocomplyBlunt Ketchum web 750pxAfter getting everyone out of Hailey in one piece we headed to Ketchum. We arrived at night but the park looked too good to wait ‘til morning to skate, so we pulled out the lights and the generator and lit up the big bank. Greyson had too many road sodas on the ride and slept it off in the grass while everyone else sessioned until we ran out of gas. Jack, no comply bluntslide

19 treehouse 750pxShea knew a few places to camp in town so we opted for the one with the giant treehouse

20 Gregson Masher 750pxMorning breath, Chris and Masher

21 Tom BB 750pxPop, pop

22 Tom 180Grind 750pxTom, alley oop to fakie 50-50

23 Jacopo FSFastplant 750pxJacopo, frontisde fastplant

24 Greyson FrontCrook Ketchum web 750pxGreyson, low to high front crook

25 Jerry 750pxGetting closer to Boise we stopped by the Kuna skatepark. The park was fun but we couldn’t help but notice the giant dirt bmx track next door. Chris had a set of OJ cruisers with him and with the help of a leaf blower we instantly doubled the size of the skatepark.

26 Jerry Boneless BikeTrack web 750pxHeel bruise be damned! Jerry strikes back with a boneless

27 Shea Boneless Dirt 750pxShea got his back across the track

28 Greyson LeafBlowerBeer web 750pxLeaf-blower shotgun? Is that an NBD?

The main reason for this trip was making it to Boise for the grand opening of the Rhodes skatepark and the new Element store that was opening next to it. The rest of the Element team was meeting up and there was a big demo planned over the weekend. Shea is originally from Boise and lined it up for all of us to stay at his buddy Blake’s place, complete with a perfect bowl in the backyard.

29 Chris Smith Blakes 750pxGregson, morning warm up

While our crew packed the living room or set up tents by the bowl, the rest of the Element guys got an Air BnB across town. We were cracking jokes saying we were the B team until we heard Nyjah got flown in and got his own hotel, bumping us down to the C team. Lodging jokes aside, it was a blast to meet up with everyone midway through our trip. It was sort of like a trip within a trip: hitting skate spots three vans deep and having a park like Rhodes that is so big you can be skating with 30 bros and still feel like you have the place to yourself.

30 Tyson Bs5 0 Boise web 750pxLunatic Fringer Tyson Peterson, backside 5-0

31 750pxC Team antics

32 Appleyard Crook Boise 750pxAppleyard, crooked grind

33 Appleyard Jerry 750pxJerry, most likely talking about big drops and heel bruises

34 Anakin Smith Idaho web 750pxAnakin Senn, Smith grind

35 IHateShea web 750pxNothing but love for Shea

36 Shea FsBoardShove web 750pxShea landed the front board shove it right as a cop pulled up

37 Shea Cop 750pxTurned out he just wanted to watch the sesh. You just never know

38 BoisePD web 750px 2xJerry’s Pro!
It seemed like half the state of Idaho made it out for the demo. There were different local news channels covering the event and the mayor even made it out for a meet and greet.  At the end of the four-hour signing, Blood Wizard surprised Jerry with his first pro-model board. They caught him completely off guard. Afterwards, there was a party for him at Prestige Skateshop in downtown Boise where they premiered his pro part to a packed house.

39 Masher Sisters web 750pxSisters
We left Boise and headed to Sisters, Oregon. We rolled into town with barely enough time to grab beer at a gas station and headed to the skatepark to set up camp. It was pitch black as we pulled off the main road. Luckily, we caught the park’s cradle in our headlights. We hopped the curb and drove along the fence, hoping to set up our tents somewhere not so visible. As we got out of the van, I couldn’t help but notice broken trees and odd stacks of logs all around us. We figured we were in the woods and after exploring the park with our cell phones decided to pull our tents as close to the fence as possible, not knowing what was out there.

40 Jerry Layback 750pxWhen we woke up we all had a good laugh, realizing that we were camped in the middle of a disc-golf course. Thankfully, we woke up before any golfers arrived. After heading into town for breakfast, we made it back to the park and had the place all to ourselves. Gurney lays one back on top of the cradle

41 Anakin FsBlunt Sisters web 750pxAnakin, front blunt

42 Jack Transfer 750pxJack Given takes it all the way to the pool coping

43 Greyson cradle 750pxGreyson getting comfy in the cradle

44 Greyson Gregson Portrait web 750pxWizard staff or tripod?

45 Chris AllyOopFsFlip 750pxChris, alley oop frontside flip over the hip

46 Jack Crail Portland web 750pxFrom Sisters we headed to Portland, checking out a few parks along the way. Andy Adams was kind enough to let all eight of us sleep in his basement.  After a big night on the town we felt we should end our last full day of the trip with a barbeque. Lucky for us, Andy’s friend Jessica had a bowl in her backyard and was more than down for the idea of grilling. Jack, crailslide

47 Chris BBQ 750pxSorry, Chris, no veggie dogs

48 Greyson Flapper web 750pxGreyson, flapper

49 Chris NosegrindStale 750pxGregson, nosegrind stalefish at Newburg

50 Greyson OneFoot Oregon web 750pxGreyson ending the day with a one foot

51 Shea LaybackFsBoard 750pxWe woke up early to head home but had one last spot in mind. Shea and Fletch wanted to hit the classic two-rail spot in Eugene. Everyone got their lines and street Greyson even made an appearance. Shea, layback front board

52 Greyson Heelflip 750pxGreyson, heelflip

53 Fletch SwBsLip 750pxFletcher Renegar, switch back lip

54 750pxMatt powered the drive the whole way back home and I had time to catch up with Greyson and Chris.

If either of you guys could steal a rider from the other team, who would it be?
Chris: I’d pick Greyson.
Greyson: Either Gregson or Jerry. Sorry, Gregson.

Which team do you think got more tricks, Element or Blood Wizard?
C: It was pretty close. Greyson and Jack both got a lot of stuff.
G: Yeah, it’s a toss up. I’d say half and half.

Which team drank the most beers?
C: Blood Wizard did for sure.
G: Yeah, they got us beat on that one.

Which team would win in a fight?
G: Are we talking just the guys from the trip or the entire Element team? ‘Cause if it’s just the trip, I only have Tom Schaar and Fletcher.
C: We would win, for sure. There were five of us and you had Tom.
G: I don’t know about that one. I still think I would win.
C: Yeah, you personally. That’s not really a team effort. I’m going with Blood Wizard.

Who was the MVP of the trip?
C: Jack and Greyson.
G: I was going to say Jack so I think that makes him the official MVP.

Who was the biggest pile?
G: For sure, Jerry.
C: Jerry. He earned it, though. He got broke off and turned pro on this trip.

Who blew it the hardest?
C: Tom, because he left halfway through the trip to go to a contest.
G: Yeah, he blew it, for sure.

Best stop of the trip?
G: The Ketchum Park was really fun. Watching Tom fall from 20 feet up in the air was pretty cool too.
C: I can’t pinpoint a single stop.

Best trick?
G: Fletcher’s switch back lip was insane to watch.
C: That’s what I was going to say too. The whole line.

Worst skatepark of the trip?
G: Whatever one had that weird ski jump. Kuna?
C: For me it was Burnside just ‘cause I had Masher with me and that dude was trying to light a propane tank on fire so I had to get him out of there.
G: That was my favorite. Ha!

Best place we stayed at?
C: Holland’s place in Salt Lake. That’s where all the songs were made.
G: We stayed with so many awesome people. I just want to thank Holland, Blake and Andy.

Would you guys do this trip again?
G: Duh.
C: Of course. It’s a no-brainer.

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